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  1. What is RunBooster? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that RunBooster is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. How do I know if my computer is affected by RunBooster? You may see this entry in your list of installed programs: this Scheduled Task: and you may see this warning during install: How did RunBooster get on my computer? Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software. How do I remove RunBooster? Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. Then click Finish. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected. Restart your computer when prompted to do so. Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of RunBooster? No, Malwarebytes removes RunBooster completely. This adware creates a scheduled task. You can read here how to check for and, if necessary, remove Scheduled Tasks. How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me? We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this adware. As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the RunBooster adware. It would have warned you before the adware could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late. Technical details for experts Possible signs in FRST logs: (SkyNET Corporation) C:\Program Files\RunBooster\RunBoosterService64.exe R2 RunBooster; C:\Program Files\RunBooster\RunBoosterService64.exe [286720 2017-02-07] (SkyNET Corporation) [File not signed] R2 WinDivert1.2; C:\Windows\system32\drivers\WinDivert64.sys [37552 2017-02-07] (Basil) (Basil) C:\Windows\system32\Drivers\WinDivert64.sys C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\RunBoosterUpdateTask C:\Program Files\RunBooster RunBooster (HKLM\...\RunBooster) (Version: 1.0.3 - SkyNET Corporation) <==== ATTENTION Task: {9475BC77-1F2B-4B71-B8C3-7702B8C4DBC9} - System32\Tasks\RunBoosterUpdateTask => C:\Program Files\RunBooster\RunBoosterUpdateTask64.exe [2017-02-07] (SkyNET Corporation) <==== ATTENTION () C:\Program Files\RunBooster\WinDivert.dll Alterations made by the installer: File system details [View: All details] (Selection) --------------------------------------------------- Adds the folder C:\Program Files\RunBooster Adds the file msvcr110.dll"="2/7/2017 8:57 AM, 849360 bytes, A Adds the file RunBoosterService64.exe"="2/7/2017 8:57 AM, 286720 bytes, A Adds the file RunBoosterUpdateTask64.exe"="2/7/2017 8:57 AM, 399360 bytes, A Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="2/7/2017 8:57 AM, 349184 bytes, A Adds the file WinDivert.dll"="2/7/2017 8:57 AM, 30208 bytes, A In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\drivers Adds the file WinDivert64.sys"="2/7/2017 8:57 AM, 37552 bytes, A In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks Adds the file RunBoosterUpdateTask"="2/7/2017 8:57 AM, 4272 bytes, A Registry details [View: All details] (Selection) ------------------------------------------------ [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\RunBooster] "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\RunBooster\RunBoosterService64.exe" "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "RunBooster" "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.0.3" "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 1869 "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20170207" "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\RunBooster" "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1 "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1 "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "SkyNET Corporation" "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\RunBooster\Uninstall.exe" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\RunBooster\Cryptography] "MachineGuid"="REG_SZ", "11b5228c-8e3a-466c-acdb-cfb97cf018a2" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\RunBooster] "Description"="REG_SZ", "Shows unique selling propositions while surfing in the web" "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "RunBooster Service" "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1 "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "C:\Program Files\RunBooster\RunBoosterService64.exe" "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "NT AUTHORITY\LocalService" "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2 "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WinDivert1.2] "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "WinDivert1.2" "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1 "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "\??\C:\Windows\system32\drivers\WinDivert64.sys" "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2 "Type"="REG_DWORD", 1 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WinDivert1.2\Enum] "0"="REG_SZ", "Root\LEGACY_WINDIVERT1.2\0000" "Count"="REG_DWORD", 1 "NextInstance"="REG_DWORD", 1 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WinDivert1.2\Parameters\Wdf] "TimeOfLastSqmLog"="REG_QWORD, .... "WdfMajorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 1 "WdfMinorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 9 Malwarebytes log: Malwarebytes www.malwarebytes.com -Log Details- Scan Date: 2/7/17 Scan Time: 9:11 AM Logfile: mbamRunBooster.txt Administrator: Yes -Software Information- Version: 3.0.5.1299 Components Version: 1.0.43 Update Package Version: 1.0.1201 License: Premium -System Information- OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 CPU: x64 File System: NTFS User: {computername}\{username} -Scan Summary- Scan Type: Threat Scan Result: Completed Objects Scanned: 359009 Time Elapsed: 2 min, 3 sec -Scan Options- Memory: Enabled Startup: Enabled Filesystem: Enabled Archives: Enabled Rootkits: Disabled Heuristics: Enabled PUP: Enabled PUM: Enabled -Scan Details- Process: 1 Adware.RunBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES\RUNBOOSTER\RUNBOOSTERSERVICE64.EXE, Quarantined, [2278], [357591],1.0.1201 Module: 1 Adware.RunBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES\RUNBOOSTER\RUNBOOSTERSERVICE64.EXE, Quarantined, [2278], [357591],1.0.1201 Registry Key: 3 Adware.RunBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{9475BC77-1F2B-4B71-B8C3-7702B8C4DBC9}, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [358296],1.0.1201 Adware.RunBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\RunBoosterUpdateTask, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [358287],1.0.1201 Adware.RunBooster, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\RUNBOOSTER, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [357591],1.0.1201 Registry Value: 2 Adware.RunBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{9475BC77-1F2B-4B71-B8C3-7702B8C4DBC9}|PATH, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [358296],1.0.1201 Adware.RunBooster, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\RUNBOOSTER|DESCRIPTION, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [357591],1.0.1201 Data Stream: 0 (No malicious items detected) Folder: 0 (No malicious items detected) File: 4 Adware.RunBooster, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\RUNBOOSTERSETUP64_3231.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [357686],1.0.1201 Adware.RunBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES\RUNBOOSTER\RUNBOOSTERUPDATETASK64.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [357685],1.0.1201 Adware.RunBooster, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\RUNBOOSTERUPDATETASK, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [357683],1.0.1201 Adware.RunBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES\RUNBOOSTER\RUNBOOSTERSERVICE64.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2278], [357591],1.0.1201 Physical Sector: 0 (No malicious items detected) (end) As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes could have protected your computer against this threat. 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